“Life = WOW!”

“Life is always wonderful! The trick is, can we tune ourselves to see the wonderful that we want?” - Tadayoshi Inoue

Holy molly, these last couple weeks have been very tumultuous and emotionally turbulent for me. I ride the waves of emotion like a champion surfer, but sometimes I catch those hundred footers that can really crush me if I wipe out! 

Today the waves have gotten calm again. Finally a reprieve from the emotional roller coaster that I have been on. Feeling down, feeling apprehensive and feeling frighteningly alone. Yes I feel these too. Usually I ride and wait them out. Today I feel myself coming back into shore safely once again. 

Every time I experience this, while the ride is always rough, turbulent and harsh at times, when I come home to shore and my emotions return to center I am almost always filled with a deep sense of appreciation for my life. WOW!

I love my life, my journey and the ride that I get to have. I am always brought home to my safe place of love. It can get lonely riding those big waves but that is what I am here to do. I am here to ride the emotions of my life and to then feel grateful for my very existence. 

This all may sound strange to some but this is my life I have come to accept and to count on. I have been burdened with the heaviness of deep emotion my whole life. But I think it is because I have been prepared to handle it. I know I can. I have a deep sense of knowing that I am suppose to feel so deeply so that others can find their way to. 

While I don’t have all the answers to life’s questions we may all ask. I do have gratitude for what I know about this life. It is short. It is very precious. But it isn’t all of who we are. It is just a brief bath of love. A pinch of deliciousness and a small handful of wonderful memories of togetherness that is only trumped by our joy that we allow when we let go of trying to make this life more than this. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very very good. And so are each one of you! Thank you for being in this life experience with me. You all are so deeply appreciated.  

(Picture: Just me today as I work at my desk) 


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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.